Jacqueline Crouch, age 86, of Casey, IL passed away at 6:36 a.m. on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at her home. She was born February 10, 1931 in Mcalester, OK, the daughter of James Ellis Fitzgerald and Thelma Piper Fitzgerald.
Survivors include her daughter, Belinda Nickles of Casey, IL; grandsons, Kyle (Joann) Nickles of Long Island, NY and Jeff McElyea of Decatur, IL; seven great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, William “Pat” Fitzgerald.
Jackie was a 1949 graduate of Casey High School. She then graduated with her Bachelor of Art degree and obtained her Master of Education degree from Eastern Illinois University. After college she was offered a lucrative job at Hallmark but instead pursued a career in teaching. Jackie retired after 32 years of doing what she loved, teaching Art and English in the Casey School District. Her art work can still be found all over Casey, examples are The City of Lights, the Casey Warrior head and the Casey Historical Society logo to name a few. She was a member of the National Education Association and the Casey Historical Society.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Markwell Funeral Home with Mr. Kevin Garner officiating. In lieu of a traditional eulogy the family asks for anyone in attendance to share their fond memories of Jackie and how she touched their life. Burial will follow in the Casey Cumberland Cemetery, Casey, IL. Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday evening at Markwell Funeral Home, 200 N. Central Ave., Casey, IL.
Memorial donations may be made to Pet Chow Cupboard, 2821 E. Washington Rd., Casey, IL 62420.
Markwell Funeral Home of Casey, IL is in charge of the arrangements.